Are actual defence purchases made public?
Algeria score: 25/100
Defence purchases are rarely (if ever) made public, even though an aggregate total spend may be disclosed.
Some defence purchases are not made public, and there is no security justification as to why this information is withheld.
Some defence purchases are not made public. Security or confidentiality is often given as a reason for such secrecy but this is partly, but not fully, justified.
Defence purchases are made public with almost no exceptions. Most of the information listed in score 4 is released, but some information is in aggregate or abbreviated form.
Defence purchases are made public in detail, with almost no exceptions. Very little data from the tender/contract is redacted for national security reasons. For both confidential and non-confidential purchases, there is disclosure of the tender and the contract award. For the contract, there is a description of the item purchased, the winning bidder, the beneficial owners, price paid, whole of lifecycle costs, cost of servicing, costs of parts, and delivery/completion date.
Generally, as has been outlined in previous questions, matters related to defence are classified as secret. There are reports about some defence purchases in the military’s magazine, but no justification was found as to why further information is withheld. In the military magazine, the army sometimes reports about acquisitions, such as a corvette in 2016. Some technical details were presented, but not the cost of the ship (1). The budget only provides an aggregated number for general defence spending (2). There are no disaggregated numbers for defence purchases.
1) “Le général de corps d’armée Ahmed Gaïd Salah supervise l’inauguration et l’inspection de la Corvette “El Fateh 921.”, El-Djeich, (2016):12-13. Accessed November 26, 2018. https://www.mdn.dz/site_principal/sommaire/revue/images/EldjeichMars2016Fr.pdf.
2) Finance Law for 2018, No. 17-11 (December 27, 2017): 65. Accessed October 17, 2018.
61b. Accessible data
Algeria score: 0/100
Data is rarely, if ever, released in a accessible format.
Data is sometimes released in an accessible format.
Data is almost always released in an accessible format (e.g. excel file) which allows for useful comparisons (e.g. how many tenders a company has won).
No information on purchased items was found on the website of the Ministry of Defence (1). Occasionally, the army reported about acquisitions in the military magazine, but no systematic data was published in it (2). Information on purchased items was found in international magazines and journals, which reported about acquisitions made by Algeria’s armed forces (3), (4), (5). SIRPI also provided aggregated data on Algeria’s arms imports (6), (7).
1) mdn.dz. Accessed November 26, 2018. https://www.mdn.dz/site_principal/index.php?L=fr.
2) El-Djeich, mdn.dz. Accessed November 26, 2018. https://www.mdn.dz/site_principal/index.php?L=fr#undefined.
3) Jeremy Binnie. “Algeria unveils Tos-1A”, janes.com, May 14, 2018. Accessed November 22, 2018. https://www.janes.com/article/80061/algeria-unveils-tos-1a.
4) Jeremy Binnie. “Algeria unveils upgraded BTR-80“, janes.com, June 27, 2018. Accessed November 22, 2018. https://www.janes.com/article/81354/algeria-unveils-upgraded-btr-80.
5) Andrew McGregor. “Defense or Domination? Building Algerian Power With Russian Arms”, Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume 15, Issue122, September 5, 2018. Accessed November 26, 2018.
6) “Trends in International Army Transfers 2017”, SIPRI. Accessed November 26, 2018. https://www.sipri.org/sites/default/files/2018-03/fssipri_at2017_0.pdf.
7) “Import/Export TIV Tables”, 2016-2017, SIPRI. Accessed November 26, 2018. http://armstrade.sipri.org/armstrade/page/values.php.
Compare scores by country
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|Country||61a. Comprehensiveness||61b. Accessible data|
|Algeria||25 / 100||0 / 100|
|Angola||25 / 100||0 / 100|
|Burkina Faso||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Cameroon||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Cote d'Ivoire||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Egypt||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Ghana||50 / 100||50 / 100|
|Iraq||25 / 100||25 / 100|
|Jordan||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Kuwait||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Lebanon||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Mali||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Morocco||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Niger||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Nigeria||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Oman||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Palestine||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Qatar||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Saudi Arabia||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Tunisia||25 / 100||0 / 100|
|United Arab Emirates||25 / 100||0 / 100|